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Valencia MotoGP Test: Petrucci: I've never ridden a bike so powerful

"I'm happy because I enjoy the team and the bike, but I have to work a lot on my riding style because I've never ridden a bike so powerful and it is difficult to understand the limit" - Danilo Petrucci
Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci had the distinction of completing the final day of the Valencia MotoGP test as the fastest Ducati rider in the absence of the factory team.

Petrucci, who headed the times in the wet on Tuesday in Spain, was seventh quickest but struggled for grip on the Desmosedici.

The Italian's fastest lap in 1m 31.665s was 0.692s off the benchmark set by world champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda and Petrucci heads into the winter break with a feeling of satisfaction over his progress.

“I'm satisfied. We worked a lot with the hard tyre. I was struggling for traction a bit today after the rain, then at the end I put the new tyre and did two good lap times. I'm happy to be the first Ducati, even if the factory bikes are not here,” said Petrucci.

“I'm also happy because I enjoy the team and the bike, but I have to work a lot on my riding style because I've never ridden a bike so powerful and it is difficult to understand the limit.

“I really enjoy the gearshift. It's a seamless gearbox and feels like an automatic bike! The bike is very, very powerful. And also the engine brake, when you brake you feel a lot of power in your hands,” he added.

“It's nice to ride this bike. I think there will be some difficult moments because the guys at the front go really fast, so in Sepang – a track that I always struggle at a little bit – will be an important test.”

Petrucci's team-mate, Yonny Hernandez, seized his chance to ride the GP14.2 machine for the first time in the dry and chalked up 52 laps, ending the day in ninth after a lap in 1m 31.914s.

“My first impression with the bike has been very good especially in the last part of the test. In the first few laps I hadn't the right feeling to push,” he said.

“I tried to work on the electronics, the team made many changes and the work gave good results. I want to thanks Paolo [Campinoti, Ceo Pramac Group] and Francesco [Guidotti, Team Manager Pramac Racing Team] who gave me the opportunity to stay in the Pramac family for other season, and all the technicians who made a great job during the season and in these test days.”

Ducati's factory team left the test after Monday, with their 2015 machine not available until the next test at Sepang in February.



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Yearby23

November 12, 2014 9:17 PM
Last Edited 530 days ago

This is what happens when you take a guy who's been riding a slug for 2 or 3 years and put him on a bike with power...he performs and he seems to have adapted very quickly. I'm impressed with him and always wondered what would happen if he was given a decent enough bike to ride.

DBL

November 12, 2014 9:35 PM

When he first appeared in MotoGP as an ex-Superstock 1000 rider I thought who the hell is this guy. But during that first CRT year he showed what he could do on the Ioda and later on the ART and Suter-BMW. Seriously impressive on underpowered bikes. Whoever signed him up is a talent scouting genius.



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